Pacific Beach is alive like the sea with activities to suit all. From the Garnet Shopping district with its boutique stores and exciting nightlife to over one hundred and fifty quality restaurants and cafes Pacific Beach is alive with sea life. Adjacent to the business community is San Diego's most popular beach and boardwalk, the mighty Mission Bay Park, and a fiesta of activities that all converge to make Pacific Beach the perfect vacation spot year round.
Garnet and Mission Shopping District
Pacific Beach's boutique shopping district features hundreds of choices for shopping and plenty of opportunities to find treasures amongst the sand. From local brand name locations such as LA Rack, Starbucks, and American Apparel to local favorites such as Great News and Pangaea Outpost, Garnet Ave. is a shopper's paradise in a neighborhood setting. New and resale clothing stores, salons, and retail stores make up the majority of the shopping district, which is also sprinkled with restaurants and beach friendly services.
Restaurants and Nightlife
Pacific Beach restaurant community is as diverse as a coral reef with colors and flavors that give diners the largest variety in San Diego. It features everything from gourmet pasta, traditional beachfront faire, fusion Thai, and Seafood beyond compare. As the sun goes down and the tides change, Pacific Beach reawakens with dozens of nighttime hotspots coming to life. Dancing, live music, and San Diego's hottest beach bars are all within easy walk from hotels and the beach. Some times swimming with the "sharks" is a good thing.
The Beach and Boardwalk
California's famous golden sands wait just between the tides and the Ocean Front Boardwalk. Both modest and well proportioned resorts and hotels dot the coastline amongst bike and board rental stores, beachfront dining (with views), and many green parks. On the sand the excitement of horseshoe games, beach beauties, dolphins in the waves, and surf competitions make for a classic endless summer. Pacific Beach is the only place in California where you can toast the sunset with a beer and have your toes in the sand*.
Mission Bay Park
Mission Bay Park is a spectacular public park featuring dozens of resorts and attractions. The park includes the world famous Sea World amusement park, many bays, and miles of bicycle trails with stunning views. You can even find a historic sternwheeler, the Bahia Belle that plies the inlets of Mission Bay amongst canoes and sail boats. It sets off from the Catamaran Resort recalling times gone by. Dip into the water yourself on a jet ski, water ski, or simply your swim suit. As the sun dips below the horizon find a cozy fire pit and share your stories.
Historic Crystal Pier
Built in 1927 this historic pier brings the Southern California past back to life. At one end of the pier a fascinating hotel that lets you "Sleep over Seas" and at the other end is a place to cast a line for fish*. Watch the boys and girls of summer surf the swells from above and feel at one with the sea as the old wooden pier rocks on with the waves.
Pacific Beach is the perfect vacation location. It is located 1 minute from La Jolla, 2 minutes from Sea World, 5 minutes from Old Town, 15 minutes from the airport, and 15 minutes from the world-famous San Diego Zoo.
Pacific Beach is located off Interstate 5.
From the north: I-5 south. Exit Balboa/Garnet Avenue. Go west towards the beach.
From the south: I-5 north. Exit Grand/Garnet Avenues. Go west towards the beach.
Tips & Suggestions
Pacific Beach boasts 1,200 businesses, 151 (!) are eating establishments. In Pacific Beach you'll find caf?s, saloons, bistros, restaurants, bars, cantinas, grills and pubs; patio, rooftop, sidewalk and garden dining.
The food choices hale from Japan, Greece, Italy, Spain, China, Mexico, Thailand, and of course good ol' USofA. Call (858) 273-3303 and ask for a information packet featuring a map of Pacific Beach dining and entertainment hotspots".